GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Two weeks ago, Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur said left tackle David Bakhtiari would not be training.
He was wrong.
After Bakhtiari did not train last week, his second comeback from a torn ACL hitting a wall, LaFleur said on Wednesday that he did not think Bakhtiari would train.
This time he was right.
Bakhtiari, who suffered an ACL tear two days ago a year ago, did not train on Wednesday. Neither tackled Billy Turner and center Josh Myers. All three have knee injuries.
“David is fine. We’ll see where he is, taking just one day at a time with him, ”said LaFleur. It was a familiar refrain. But the hourglass is short to bring Bakhtiari back into line.
The last best case scenario would be to pick him up for the season finale next week in Detroit. That would give him a game to prepare for the playoffs. But even that seems far-fetched at this point. Even though Bakhtiari was ready for the playoffs, it’s fair to wonder if the team might not be better off sticking with a Yosh Nijman in their wake instead of a five-time All-Pro who has been out for so long. long time.
Myers was injured in the Packers’ game opener against Chicago on October 17. At this point, the Packers would likely be better off with seasoned Lucas Patrick than second-round rookie Myers. On Turner, who was injured Dec. 12 against Chicago, LaFleur said he was “still a bit far away” but had made “good progress”. Dennis Kelly has performed well in more than two action games.
Meanwhile, the Packers have placed four other players on their COVID roster, including punter Corey Bojorquez and defensive tackle Kingsley Keke.
For Minnesota, Pro Bowl backer Dalvin Cook was activated from the COVID roster, but another of the team’s offensive stars, wide receiver Adam Thielen, was placed on the offensive list with an injury. ankle that required surgery. While Justin Jefferson established himself as the superstar in their offense, it was Thielen who led the team with 10 touchdown receptions.
Packers Injury Report
DNP: LT David Bakhtiari (knee), DT Tyler Lancaster (back), QB Aaron Rodgers (toe), RT Billy Turner (knee).
Limited: CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder), TE Dominique Dafney (ankle), RB Aaron Jones (knee).
Vikings injury report
DNP: TE Tyler Conklin, S Harrison Smith (foot / shoulder), LB Chazz Surratt (illness).
Limited: RB Dalvin Cook (disease), FB CJ Ham (hamstrings), RB Kene Nwangwu (hamstrings).